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Banjo Brothers Commuter Backpack Review : Long Term

Banjo Brothers Commuter Backpack Review : Long Term

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Banjo Brothers Commuter Backpack
Overall : 4 out of 5 stars.
Pros : Durabilty, storage/pockets, replaceable inner liner.
Cons : Size,  heat/sweat in the summer months.

For the past few months I’ve been using a my Banjo Brothers Commuter Backpack for a variety of things.  The gym, going to work with my laptop, and even in the front of the Civia Loring that I was reviewing. You also may want to read theIntroduction to the Review on the Banjo Brothers Commuter Backpack.

How the Bag Fits

One common issue I had with the Banjo Brothers bag was the size.  It was meant for taller folks, or maybe just bigger folks.  It fit my height at 5’10 fine, but it fit my girlfriend at 5’5 horribly.  The length of the bag would either hit her below the hips, or push up on her helmet pushing her head down.

Use and Abuse

Civia Loring
The bag has had some type of use almost daily for the past 2 months.  My favorite use of the bag was in the front basket of the Civia Loring, as it fit perfectly in the basket!   The bag is holding up just fine and would do well for someone needing a daily bag that would hold up under the elements.  The fact the inside water proof liner is a replaceable is a huge plus as well.  I’ve had bags with a waterproof sleeve sewn inside, if you busted through the sleeve you would have to get a tailor to fix it and waterproof it.

Storage, Pockets and More

Front and Pockets

Front and Pockets

The more I used this bag, the more pockets I found.  In fact a buddy told me that the side pocket held a water bottle perfectly only 2 weeks back.   There’s places to hold your keys, phone, pens and wallet.  Inside the main compartment is just one large pit, which I prefer.  I can shove shoes and clothes in there, or fit a good amount of paperwork and my laptop.

Final Thoughts

The bag for myself I like.  The color, the material and the many uses suits my fancy.  I like multi-use products and being able to spread the love of a bag through many different paces.  The bag is hot in the summer, and keeps you warm in the winter.  Any large messenger bag does this these days though.

$79.99 is a great deal on this bag that should last for many, many years.   If you are gifting this bag, make sure it is going to fit the person.  If they live in the South and plan on commuting many miles in the hot summer, maybe pick a different bag with a better “off back” suspension system.

This product was given to me at no charge for reviewing.  I was not paid or bribed to give this review and it will have my honest opinion or thoughts through out.
  • Debi Toews
    Posted at 22:15h, 15 December Reply

    you might try Tom Bihn messenger bags. made in Seattle, WA they are super high quality.

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  • Cairie
    Posted at 21:15h, 31 August Reply

    Thanks for adding the bag doesn’t fit your girlfriend. Ima 5’5″ lady as well and looking for a comfortable, medium to small size waterproof backpack. Do you have any recommendations? I want to be able to carry my laptop, clothes, and have some pockets in it too.

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